A pair of dotterel have been spotted on the beach and in the driftwood area. Unfortunately due to torrential rain we had to postpone our field event at this site, but a keen crew went up and roped off the nesting area and did a bit of a beach clean while they were at it!
There's about six individuals at Sandy Bay, with two obvious breeding pairs. On the 23rd of September we hung out with the Sandy Bay Society to plant 300 back dune plants, and check the predator traps.
Emily went along to the NZ Dotterel Management Course with Dr John Dowding, at Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre - which was right up our alley; aimed at agencies, community groups and volunteers involved with monitoring and managing dotterels! Dotterel defenders unite!
We've also been busy checking the predator traps and trialing new baits at all sites. Check out these beasties from Rahotu! We are planning on getting the rosters set up for volunteers to help us very soon! Watch this space!